Thursday, April 2, 2020

Hippity Hoppity Easter's ON IT'S WAY!

As I was doing a little online shopping this morning I thought I'd share some fun new toy ideas that might keep your kindergartner outta your hair for a bit!  These toys are available on Amazon right now...
       


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

You are a Good Parent

We live in a world where it is easy to compare ourselves to others and worry what others think about us.  The temptation is everywhere, we're all at-risk for playing the comparison game.

I feel 'ya moms and dads, I am with you.

Our kids don't care if our Pinterest attempt fell in the nailed it category, or if we {seemingly} have everything together.  All that our kids really want and need is US.  Our best, unplugged and raw selves.  They need to see us make mistakes and rise above them, work through our insecurities and weaknesses, set personal goals and reach them.  To be strong examples. They need to hear us apologize to them and admit when we've wronged them, they need to know that they are more important than our phones. They need encouragement, unconditional love and someone who wholeheartedly believes in them and tells them so.  They need to hear us remind them about the gifts and talents they've been given, and they need someone to fill up their buckets with positive talk and affirmation so that they can overflow with those words too.

Here's my charge:  If you are believing the lie that you are not good enough, STOP BELIEVING IT. You ARE a good mom, despite the fact that your last Facebook post got less likes than your friend's did, or the fact that your preschooler bit A HUMAN BEING last week at school.  Oops.  Just keep telling yourself, YOU ARE A GOOD PARENT, and what you are doing is important.




Monday, January 6, 2020

Letter/Sound & Sight Word Practice


I can tell you've been practicing letter sounds and sight words with your kids at home!  You've been at the memorization game with your kiddo for a few months now, and you might be ready for a few extra resources to keep your kindergartner motivated and excited to learn.  Whether your student is working on memorizing letter sounds or sight words, linked below are some ideas for your kindergartner.  Click the pictures for explanations and resources.

Helpful memorization hints:
  • start with a few letter sounds or sight words at a time, once your child has memorized one replace it with a new flashcard
  • get your kids moving!  Movement during learning adds an extra element that helps to cement the concept.

FLASHCARD DOWNLOADS:
ABC Flashcards with Zoophonics Hint
ABC Flashcards - Letters Only
ABC Flashcard Generator - create custom ABC flashcards (capital only, lowercase only, etc)
Kindergarten  & 1st Grade Sight Words Flashcards (the kindergarten words are the first 25 words listed)


This blog: No Time for Flashcards has endless ideas for getting your kiddo moving and learning.  Search by grade and subject for high-interest activities.

HAPPY LEARNING!








Wednesday, October 9, 2019

ST Math

Have you heard about Jiji?  Spatial Temporal Math (ST Math) is a game based online learning program that has ACS students swept up in a learning frenzy!  Kindergarten students begin by learning an 8 icon password.  After they play a few modules they learn the rest of their 13 icon password.  Students will only be able to access their account at home after they have learned all 13 characters.  Playing two full objectives at school before the program unlocks at-home helps to ensure they can navigate the system comfortably.

  1. Download the free ST Math app in the app store or go to www.stmath.com. (not available for phones)
  2. Click Jiji.  Your student can begin entering their unique 13 icon password.  If your student is having difficulty with this they:   
    • have not reached the point in the program where the at-home portion is unlocked or 
    • your child needs help with password retraining (a setting I can enable at school).
  3. Play!  Our kindergarten in-class goal is for students to play for at least 60 minutes per week. Playing at home will help students ACHIEVE their 1st award (a "Jiji Tag" is given to students when they reach 20% of curriculum completion - I will email you when your student is earning a tag at our Wildcat Wednesday morning assembly).   We award tags at 20%, 40%, 60%, 80% and 100% completion.  
  • Please monitor your kindergartner's work to make sure siblings are not playing levels on your kindergartner's account.  
  • When finished make sure your kindergartner logs out all the way.  (Click the back arrows until you reach the red "X".  When the red "X" is clicked a little bubble will float off the screen, saving your child's work.

More detailed directions with pictures can be found here.  


Monday, September 30, 2019

Lexia Core5

Your kiddos are ready to log onto Lexia Core5 at home!  

Lexia is an amazing online program we use to teach literacy.  It meets your student right at their skill set and delivers game formatted lessons to help your child reach the next level.  Achievers are hooked!  Here are the steps to get started at home:

  1. Download the free Lexia Core5 app in the app store (not available for phones) or go to www.lexiacore5.com
  2. Your first visit you will need to enter my email address to link up to my class account: awright@achievecharter.org
  3. Your student's username is their first name and last name initial (all together). ALL LOWERCASE, the password is just their first name.  Students are learning to do their logins independently - so let them try at home too.  
For an example Mickey Mouse's login information would be: 

username: mickeym
password: mickey

*please email me if this is not working for your child's name.  I might have used a different login combo to make it easier for your child.  :)

Let your kids play away!  We try to get about 40 minutes of play time in per week.  As students pass their levels, we celebrate in class.   If your child is struggling with a concept I will get a notice on my end - we will bring them up to speed on those areas at school.  You may help your child work through the answers, teach strategies to rule out incorrect answers, but please do not just give the answers.  Also - please do not allow other siblings to play on your child's login.  In the past parents have had their kids earn extra Lexia time at home - so dangle that educational carrot!



Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Welcome 2019-20 Kindergartners!

What you've heard is true, we ARE a family at here at Achieve.  Happy families go out of their way for each other, stick together through thick and thin, allow each member to be true to themselves, communicate, keep promises, take responsibility for happiness, and practice patience and forgiveness.  Being a part of the Achieve family over the last 14 years I've had the privilege to participate in  this particular kind of school family.  ACS is a learning environment which seeks learners at their level and empowers them to reach the next, supports students and families in the everyday struggles of life, a place where each child is believed in, poured into and held accountable to high expectations.  YOU are now a part of this family, and I'm so thankful that your child gets to experience Achieve.

  • Our first opportunity to meet will be during our Parent/Teacher/Student Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) Conferences on August 12th or 13th.  Check out this BLOG POST to learn how to prepare for your child's PLP.   
  • K Orientation is August 14th, from 9-11am.  This will be your child's first time to meet fellow classmates and get a little snapshot of a day in kindergarten at ACS.  Uniforms are optional. Parents are encouraged to slip out as soon as their child feels comfortable.
  • Our first day of school (August 15) is a minimum day for kindergarten students, school dismisses at 12:30pm.  August 16th is also a minimum day, we dismiss every Friday at 12:30pm.  We will begin our full-day schedule on Monday, August 19th.
  • Stop by the school office to pick up a Parent Driver Application and fingerprinting paperwork if you're interested in being a field trip driver.
  • I've created a private, closed Facebook Group for our class.  Join to get connected with other K families.  Throughout the year this will be a great resource for event reminders and to reschedule your help times if you are unable to keep your regularly scheduled time.   



  
I look forward to meeting you soon!  Please email me if you have any questions! 






Sunday, July 15, 2018

What in the world is a PLP?!

As the parent of an incoming kindergartner you are about to add a handful of new acronyms to your lexicon.  While these acronyms won't earn you street cred among texting tweens (LOL), you'll be "in the know" with happenings at Achieve.  

PLP - this stands for a Personalized Learning Plan.  A PLP is essentially a conversation we will begin in kindergarten, the document recording that conversation will be used as a tool for helping your child challenge him/herself through their stay here at Achieve.  PLP’s are a unique feature of ACS, they give teachers a jump start to best meet the educational and personal needs of your student.  We'll revisit this document together throughout the year, noting progress towards academic/social skills, addressing learning gaps, setting goals and noting achievement, and putting students in the driver seat of their own educational journey.  It's a pretty powerful thing to witness end-of-year ACS kindergarten students leading their own PLP Conference discussion - communicating their own well thought out goals for the trimester and life.  

Baby steps.  Here's how to prepare for your family's first PLP Conference:
  • Inform your child that they will get to see their Kindergarten classroom and will meet their teacher Mrs. Wright.  We will sit together at a table to talk for a little bit first, I will ask your child about his/her summer (practice with your child at home!)  After we talk for a few minutes the kindergartner may be excused to play with the toys that are set out on the carpet. 
  • We will continue our conversation, be prepared to share your child's strengths and areas for growth.  Share any food allergies, if your child wears glasses, if he/she is right or left handed, or concerns at this time.  
  • All conferences will last 20 minutes, the next family will be waiting to meet with me afterwards.
  • It is alright to bring siblings to PLP Conferences, however I recommend that you make other arrangements for them for our initial meeting.